Lo Scudo di Talos
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Lo Scudo di Talos

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  1,822 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Storpio, e per questo abbandonato dalla famiglia, lo spartano Talos sembra condannato a una vita da pastore e a non diventare mai un valoroso guerriero come l'intrepido fratello Brithos. Ma il destino è tortuoso e avvicina i due fratelli, che si troveranno fianco a fianco nella lotta contro gli invasori persiani.
Published (first published 1988)
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Aug 09, 2011 Fabio added it
libro straordinariamente sotto le 400 pagine, quindi non alla moda. Tanto che sul finire si ha quasi l'impressione di una fretta a chiudere.
Per una volta VMM non si dilunga (troppo) in descrizioni logorroiche, e rimane un po' più attaccato a personaggi e storia, sia quella minuscola del romanzo che quella maiuscola delle guerre persiane e delle storiche battaglie di Maratona, le Termpopili e Platea...
ci viene descritta la Sparta crudele e feroce con intrighi politici e lealtà e etica che si sco...more
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I think anyone who enjoyed the film The 300 or maybe even the remake of Clash of the Titans would enjoy this book. Certainly any reader who has a hankering for more things Spartan would like this book. Manfredi is at pains to honor original sources and as an archaeologist by trade, offers a wealth of rich detail and enough authentic description to make the reader feel as if they are in the midst of the action. The read is a lot of fun and reminds me more of a medieval romance, with it...more
Valerio Massimo Manfredi è sicuramente un uomo molto, molto colto e i suoi libri hanno il pregio di rendere fruibili a grandi masse eventi della storia antica di cui difficilmente si sente parlare fuori dalle aule scolastiche: mi piaceva tanto il suo programma “Impero”, lo trovavo interessante, coinvolgente, ben strutturato e lo guardavo sempre con piacere.
Non ho ritrovato quel piacere in questo libro: l'ho trovato noioso, insipido e scritto neanche troppo bene; già io non sono una grande amante...more
Bisi Adjapon
Another wonderful piece by Manfredi, though not quite as riveting as the Alexander trilogy. Valerio captures the conflict among the various Greek cities well and makes it very personal. Talos, the Cripple is a most engaging character. From the beginning when we see him cradled by his anguished father who has to abandon him on the montain according to Spartan law, we fall in love with him as well as the shepherd who finds him. He grows up without knowing his twin, the fine Spartan warrior. What d...more
Edina Rutland
This was a stunning story. Those who are fans of historical novels of Ancient Greek like myself this is probably a must-read. While the story is fictional, the author manages to as authentically depict the customs, habits, political institutions, religion and popular traditions of this time as possible. The story is engaging and it is told in a language that seems to reproduce the mentality and manner of living of ancient Spartans. Every line seems believable; the author masterfully mixes the or...more
Come in molti romanzi di Manfredi, anche "Lo scudo di Talos" è ottimo per oltre tre quarti e si spegne un po' sul finale.
Una lettura comunque piacevole, interessante, abbastanza ligia alla storia (o almeno alle fonti rimaste) pur con qualche licenza al fantastico in un paio di occasioni.
Un libro che sicuramente potrà risultare piacevole a tutti coloro interessati alle vicende dell'Antica Grecia, a Sparta, alla battaglia delle Termopili; ma anche un libro che potrà rivelarsi una gradita sorpresa...more
This was potentially a good read, with intrigue, historical interest and solid characters. However, despite the obvious research and interest of the author and my personal curiosity of this age, I found it difficult to engage and certainly felt there was a lack of passion in the story telling or drive int he characters.
Sadly it fell flat for me.
Linda Humberstone
Good story and keeps you interested throughout as you want to see which side Talos decides he must stay with. Didn't like the ending though, a bit abrupt and unsatisfying after following his character for so long.
New author obsession!!! Such a great book! Really got into the emotions and dramas of a Spartan :)
David Sarkies
I'm not really a fan of historical novels, and I have found that when academics generally try to write a story based upon their field of study, it doesn't turn out quite well. Okay, that is too much of a broad sweeping generalisation, and I should apologise to C.S. Lewis for making such a statement, but while I enjoyed this book, I found that Herodotus simply leaves him for dead. But then, the two authors a simply not comparible. Herodotus was an Ancient Greek from Halicarnasus writing a sociol...more
Jun 19, 2008 Mary rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical fiction enthusiasts
I finished reading "Spartan" by Valerio Manfredi. This is my first exposure to his work as I have but have not yet read his best-selling Alexander trilogy. I'm afraid I was not overly impressed, although the story was definitely readable. Most of the characters, with the exception of Talos, were not well developed, which in turn served to diminish the impact of some of the climactic moments in the book. The battle of Thermopylae was passed over so quickly, it did not create sufficient pathos whe...more
Jori Richardson
In Ancient Sparta, twin boys are born into a powerful family. One is strong and healthy, but the other has been struck with the most terrible malady a Spartan can have - he is crippled, which means he will never be able to fight a battle. Thus, he is abandoned in the mountains and left to die. The baby, Talos, is found by a Helot shepherd and raised ignorant of his identity, while his brother Brithos is raised as a warrior. Eventually, Talos participates in the Battle of Thermopylae.

I have to sa...more
It wouldn't be a spoiler to say that if you want to know most of the big events in this novel, go read a history of Sparta's Persian wars and helot uprising. It is lovingly researched and reads more like a history book too. Sometimes the historical detail is perhaps too much and, without wanting to spil the ending for anyone, the climax definitely owes a lot more to history than fiction. I found myself making excuses for the ending - after all the Greeks DID place great store on divine advice th...more
Polymathic J
Not bad, but not great either.
Part of the problem I had with this book was the occasional odd turn of phrase or weird choice of words. It was a small problem that should probably be attributed to the translator, but it still threw me off on several occasions.
But mostly it was the pacing that kept this book from being truly good. I found my interest waxing and waning throughout the book, generally due to Manfredi's honorable but misplaced desire to provide his readers with historical context. I l...more
The book Spartan by Valerio Massimo Manfredi is impressive. The book is set back 2000 years ago during the great war between the Sparta and the Persia. The story starts when the two sons are born to a noble Spartan family. One of the boy, Talos, was with deformity and due to his deformity he got abandoned because by the Spartan law if the baby is born with the deformity so the baby must be kill or abandon. The boy is found and raised by the Spartan servant. He grew up as a slave of the Spartan w...more
OK, tengo que decir que después de tanta acción, tanta emoción, tanta buena historia, el final me decepcionó. Claro, fue ultra ultra épico, pero para nada lo que quería para el pobre Talos.

Bueno, con esa intro fangirl espero que haya quedado claro que este libro te envuelve DEMASIADO. La manera en que está narrado te hace formar parte de los personajes, de todos, en especial de Talos. Me gustó mucho eso.

No soy muy buena en historia, pero me gustan mucho este tipo de novelas. Manfredi hace un es...more
Desde la batalla de las Termópilas hasta la rebelión de los ilotas, la novela nos relata la historia de Tasos de Esparta, lo que sirve para reflejar la forma de vida de espartanos e ilotas, así como la confrontación de griegos y persas. Entretenida y recomendable.
Tudor Leonte
Una ricostruzione perfetta della Grecia classica a discapito di una trama scontata e uno stile macchinoso. Per ulteriori considerazioni
I Hsuan Chiu
Spartan, by Valerio Massimo Manfredi is an action fiction based on Greek nation Sparta. The main character, Talos, was born in a Spartan family, but becuase he is defected, he was abandoned by his family in the mountains. He was later saved and raised by a Helot sheperd. When Talos grew up, he had a conflict with his own blood related spartan brother. I really like the story line of this book, and the vocabulary is right around my ability. I like this book, because it does not have over exggerat...more
Erik Graff
Aug 23, 2011 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sparta fans
Recommended to Erik by: Jim DeVoto
Shelves: literature
I enjoy historical novels written by scholars of the periods portrayed. Sparta's unique social structure has fascinated me since, during high school's sophomore World History class with Jim Gottreich, I did an oral report on them. Since then, I have befriended a classical historian, Jim DeVoto, a former colleague at Loyola University Chicago, who had authored a book about King Agesilaos II which, years ago, I edited and had recommended many other books on the subject. He it was who gave me this...more
Virna Marliani
Se pensate che sia un noioso libro sull'antica grecia vi sbagliate di grosso, tradizioni, cultura e valori raccontati in modo inaspettato, da renderlo commovente
Talk about exasperating material. I can’t tell you if it was a good story or a good ending because I never finished it. I couldn’t do that to myself. I can tell you though that after 100 pages I still found it ridiculously hard to get into. I think a lot of that had to do with the fact that it wasn’t an in-depth story. Rather it felt like skimming the whole way. As if the writer was just giving you an overview of events that encompassed years. Sure down the line it may have mattered when or if h...more
Il primo libro di Manfredi che ho letto, un autore che ho apprezzato molto, ma che ultimamente mi ha un po' deluso.
Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
Set in 504BC - 464BC in ancient Greece, this historical fiction was a thrilling read. The story begins in Sparta, and follows a young man born to a noble Spartan family, but abandoned due to his deformity. The boy is found by a Helot and raised as a servant to the Spartans. He later travels the world, and is torn between his upbringing and his heritage and the mystery surrounding his purpose.

An amazing story of courage and bravery and a fascinating look at the culture and laws of this period. Pl...more
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Aldo Giusti
Una Historia que merecía ser mejor contada.
Gran desarrollo del personaje principal pero un escaso desarrollo de los secundarios, que pasan a ser unidimensionales. Algunas epocas del personaje que debieran haber sido mejor desarrolladas se cuentan en dos lineas, como por ejemplo la adaptación de los soldados de esparta al mando del tullido.
En general un libro muy facil de leer, lineal absoluto, pero que adolece de los detalles que se buscan en libro de corte histórico, detalles que por ejemplo se...more
Sue Gill
interesting and something different to read but im not sure I would bother with any more of the author's work.
Letto per la scuola.
Cosa posso dire? Noiosonoiosonoioso.
Lo stile dell'autore l'ho trovato una cosa insopportabile, con quei continui salti di punti di vista, i personaggi scialbi, privi di carattere, è stato un po' come vedere un film recitato male con degli attori che si dimenticano le battute o le recitano come se stessero leggendo un manuale. Un suplizio.
Non mi ha fatto completamente schifo invece da un punto di vista storico, la preparazione di Manfredi è evidente, ma leggendolo come libr...more
Very good book, on par with Stephen Pressfield's "Gates of Fire". Briefly covers the Battle of Thermopylae but mostly focuses on the Helot's slavery and freedom from the Spartans. Very enjoyable read!
Meirav Rath
Dec 24, 2007 Meirav Rath rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical novels fans
Shelves: fiction
Manfredi paints a very detailed and interesting picture of life in Sparta at the era, its traditions, costumes and behaviors. It's clear there was a very extensive research about the Spartans. Perhaps, however, he should have stuck to making this an educational book rather then fiction because the plot's so shoddy and unbelievable it's unlikely to be taken seriously by anyone. Manfredi's not an author, a historian for sure, but not an author of fiction.
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Valerio Massimo Manfredi (born 1943) is an Italian historian, writer, archaeologist and journalist. He was born in Piumazzo di Castelfranco Emilia, province of Modena and is married to Christine Fedderson Manfredi, who translates his published works from Italian to English. They have two children and live in a small town near Bologna.
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